Incarnational Churches: From Stagnancy to Spiritual and Numerical Vitality
Why is it that we who identify ourselves with the Holy Spirit’s enabling power to connect people with a loving Creator God are losing ground in our own backyard? Consider these eight commonalities that transitioned churches from sustained periods of stagnancy to spiritual and numerical vitality.
By Steve Chandler
Every pastor wants his church to grow — and grow primarily by conversions. When we strip away all the hype, why do churches rarely achieve this desire?
Some churches have rediscovered real growth. None of them were upstart churches. A new pastor or facility did not figure in the equation. Yet, somehow these churches moved from sustained periods of stagnancy to spiritual and numerical vitality, and the growth came primarily through reaching nonchurched. How?
Bookstores display a plethora of materials offering plans for church growth. I have tried most; and, for one reason or another, I discovered either the plan for growth or something within my skill set-mix was wanting. Real transformation was as elusive as the white stag pursued by Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.
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